Guests Chuck Klosterman and Dave Foley. Klosterman is the author of "Killing Yourself to Live" and other pop-culture commentary. Foley is a member of The Kids in the Hall, and was the star of the sitcom Newsradio and the Pixar film A Bug's Life.
Guests Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby. John Belushi was one of the great comics of the late 20th century. Belushi Pisano and Colby are the editors of the new book Belushi, an oral history of his life and times. The show also features clips from the National Lampoon Radio Hour which feature Belushi. Oh! And be sure to visit maximumfun.org for a neat web-only bonus mp3.
Amy Sedaris is an actress, comedian and author. She's known for her role in the creation of the bizarre TV comedy Strangers With Candy and its main character, Jerri Blank, as well as her bestselling book on entertaining, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Her new book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, is out now.
Friend of the show John Hodgman reads a piece written specially for our live show in New York City, entitled "16 Things to Do in Connecticut Before the Coming Total Collapse of Civilization". One of his newest ventures is the Judge John Hodgman podcast, available on iTunes.
Guests Dan Savage and Neil Strauss. A pair of heterogenous perspectives on relationships. Dan Savage, the sex columnist, talks about his new book "The Commitment," about gay marriage. Neil Strauss, former New York Times music critic, talks about his book, "The Game: Penetrating the Secret Societ of Pickup Artists."
Das Racist is a Brooklyn hip hop trio known for tracks like "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" and "hahahaha jk?" They've referred to their particular approach to hip hop as "deconstructualist," combining humor, nonsequiturs, and culture theory. Their album Relax will be released later this year.
This week it's Good Friends and Great Times on The Sound of Young America. We talk about Summer movies with Doug Benson of The Marijuanalogues. We also chat with James Frey, author of "A Million Tiny Pieces," as well as the brand new "My Friend Leonard."
In this edition of The College Years, special guest-host Kathi Kamen-Goldmark joins Jesse as they welcome a few chosen people on The Sound of Young America. First, Jesse and Kathi talk to Chris Jackson from H.O.P.E. in America about Paris Hilton's 2004 dallience with literature. Right after that, Count Bass D drops some knowledge on the show. And to end things, Sarah Silverman graces the show with her funny.
Larry Wilmore is a comedy writer and performer. He's the author of "I'd Rather We Got Casinos," and is The Daily Show's Senior Black Correspondent. He also wrote for In Living Color and created the sitcoms The Bernie Mac Show and The PJs.
Guests Philip Lopate, Sharon Waxman and Sean Uyehara. Philip Lopate is the editor of the Library of America's Anthology of American Film Criticism. Sharon Waxman is Hollywood reporter for the New York Times and author of "Rebels on the Backlot," which examines the indie film explosion of the mid-90s. Sean Uyehara is a programmer for the San Francisco Internaional Film Festival. Also: a message from Jen Kirkman.
This week, we talk with Carol Kolb, editor-in-chief of The Onion, America's Finest News Source. We also talk with Joe Garden, a writer for the paper who's running a campaign to replace Conan O'Brien as host of Late Night in 2008. Plus... comedy from the Sklar Brothers and Hard N Phirm.
He's best known for his role as "The Fonz" on Happy Days, but Henry Winkler's added a number of other acting, producing, and directing credits to his name over the years. He's also co-written a series of children's books. You can catch him right now as Dr. Sy Mittleman on Childrens' Hospital on Cartoon Network's [adult swim].
Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine and Horatio Q Fizzlebottom--Santa Cruz's most eccentric millionaire--joins Jordan, Jesse, and Gene. Also in this episode, dreaming of Christopher Walken and "Would You Rather?"
Del Close was the great genius of improv theatre -- he trained and directed generations of performers, including John Belushi, Mike Meyers, and the Upright Citizens Brigade. We talk about his legacy with Ian Roberts of the UCB, Anthony King of the UCB Theatre, and Jeff Griggs, author of a book on Close, "Guru."
The College Years is back with a vengeance! Our hosts, Jesse, Jordan, and Brian interview famous comedian Doug Benson on the Marijuana-Logues and The Oscars. Also in this show, NY correspondent "Big Time" Gene O'Neill and a joke about The Sound of Young America getting broadcast nationally.
Guests Maira Kalman and George Pelecanos. This week, two looks at style. Maira Kalman created lyrical illustrations of the classic writing handbook The Elements of Style. George Pelecanos is a noted crime author, and a writer/producer for HBO's The Wire.
Jon Friedman is a comedian, writer, and host of the The Rejection Show, New York City's live showcase of rejected work. His new book is Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped and Cancelled. We'll hear about Friedman's early days screening unsolicited submissions for The New Yorker and Comedy Central, plus what it's like at his new gig blogging for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Scott Prendergast is the writer, director and star of the indie comedy Kabluey. The film, which also stars Lisa Kudrow, concerns a young man helping tend to his brother's children while his brother is serving in Iraq.
On this Sound of Young America broadcast, it's a potpourri, a hodge-podge, a cornucopia of miscellany. Here's a rundown: We hear a bizarre message left on Matt's voicemail by a Briton looking for someone named "Harry." Then a woman, who says Harry is "in trouble!" calls. Who is Harry? Jordan improvises a poem with a yutz at the candy store. Jordan shares some Bold Statements. Jesse "Runs the Numbers". Jesse and Jordan ask local businesspeople how they plan to make...
Guests Fred Armisen and Brent Hoff. Fred Armisen is a star on Saturday Night Live, and he's really, really nice (funny, too). Brent Hoff is the editor of McSweeney's new DVD magazine, Wholphin. Also, music from the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and a comedy sketch from Kasper Hauser.
This week we talk with Paul Feig, creator of the series "Freaks and Geeks," and author of the new book, "Superstud: How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin." We also talk with Ian Parton, founder of the UK hip-hop/rock/dance band The Go! Team.
Guests Robert Weide and Bruce Bridgeman. Bruce Bridgeman is a professor at UC Santa Cruz, and recently published a paper on legenday Santa Cruz tourist attraction The Mystery Spot. Robert Weide is the executive producer of the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Larry David. Also, we play some improvised Van Morrison recordings that are so bizarre, they must be heard to be believed.